The SPJIMR campus was a cheerful sight on April 15, 2017 as the Institute hosted the Graduation Ceremony 2017 for PGDM, Class of 2017, PGEMP Batches 47-52 and PGPM, Class of 2016. A total of 553 participants received their diplomas in the presence of proud family members and an elated faculty.
The SPJIMR grounds were all academic robes and formal suits as the participants lined up for their informal photos, with sash and hat adorning the foyer even before the ceremony had begun.
The student and faculty procession then made its way to a specially erected shamiana on the SPJIMR grounds, where the ceremony formally began.
Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee gave the introductory address, talking about the achievements, activities and progress of the Institute. In an empowering message, amidst a round of applause, he said, “You are SPJIMR. You are cut and bred from a different cloth. You can, will and must, make a difference.”
Present on the dais were Chief Guest Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Chairman of SPJIMR’s Governing Body Dr. Deepak Parekh, PGDM Chairperson Dr. Vasant Sivaraman, PGEMP Chairperson Dr. Renuka Kamath and PGPM Chairperson Dr. Suresh Lalwani.
The heads of programmes presented their Batch Reports, highlighting key moments from what was an eventful year for each batch while on campus. From the new initiatives undertaken, to batch achievements and amusing anecdotes, the parents got insights into the participants’ rigorous, entertaining and enriching life on campus. As Dr. Lalwani said, “The class is full of multifarious talent –great learners and contributors, high on curiosity, focused and ambitious.”
Dr. Deepak Parekh echoed the Dean’s message as he welcomed the Chief Guest, “India’s best days are yet to come. The future is yours to make.”
Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar is a global thought leader in the field of innovation and in his keynote address, he spoke about not only what is important for success and progress, but also laid emphasis on the trends in Education and Business going ahead. “There is no limit to human endurance, no limit to human achievement and no limit to human imagination, excepting the limits you put on your mind yourself. So be `limitless’ in terms of your imagination,” he said as the audience listened to the 2014 Padma Vibhushan awardee in rapt attention.
It was a fitting finale to an exciting journey that SPJIMR invariably offers each participant, equal parts of academic rigour, beyond the classroom learning and loads of fun. As Dr. Kamath put it, “To all those who have sacrificed so much, today is a happy day. You finally have your weekends back.”
As Dr. Sivaraman said, “Pride and joy mark a graduation ceremony – for friends, families and faculty.” His sentiment echoed in the beaming faces of eager members as the participants went up to collect their diplomas and then proceeded to the dinner area.
We congratulate the graduating participants, and welcome them once again, now as members of our growing alumni body.